South Shore Road

Transcription of newspaper article from the Mining Journal (Marquette, Mich.), Dec. 9, 1886, regarding the history of the railway line connecting Duluth, Minnesota, with Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan via a route along the south shore of Lake Superior., Electronic reproduction of: Transcription of newspaper article : Mining journal (Marquette, Mich.), Dec. 9, 1886., source: The Mining Journal Marquette, Mi. Thursday, Dec. 9, 1886  The South Shore Road.  The Duluth News gives this interesting history of the project to connect Duluth with Sault Ste. Marie by a railroad running along the south shore of Lake Superior, in its issue of Monday last. Being written by a Duluth editor, and from a Duluth st and point, it, as a matter of course, gives all the credit for the conception of the enterprise and its development to the point which it has now reached to Duluth parties, but it deals truthfully enough with the importance of the road, which is destined to h and le an immense traffic, from the day it is open for business:  In 1879 W.W. Spaulding was president and W. Van Brunt secretary of the Duluth chamber of commerce. In those early days they were interested in several new railway schemes for Duluth, and in relation to the Duluth, South Shore and Atlantic the following facts were then laid before teh Montreal chamber of commerce by these gentlemen, substantially as follows:  The route proposed and advocated by St. Paul and Minneapolis passes through a wilderness much of which is valueless, and where there is not an acre of l and  grant to aid in the construction. The distance is 425 miles by an air line, but in reality it would b much greater in order to avoid the lakes and difficult portions of the upper peninsula of Michigan.  The other route, or what is called the South Shore line from Duluth to the Sault Ste. Marie, has a l and  grant almost its entire length with a part of th road already completed and running and other points under contract. The distance from Ste. marie to Marquette is 144 miles, most of which is covered by a l and  grant to the Marquette and Mackinaw railroad company, twenty miles of which, east from Marquette, is under contruction, and the whole under contract to be finished by 1881. From Marquette to L'Anse is sixty miles, already completed, and passing through the richest iron district on the continent, giving it an immense local traffic.  From L'Anse to Ontonagon river, forty-two miles is covered by l and  grant to the Marquette and Ontonagon railroad company, the line passing though forests of pine and hard woods, within easy reach of hte most extensive and valuable copper mines already known. The output of the iron mines exceeds one million tons per annum, which will be largely increased as railroad facilities are added, adn the value of the copper produced reaches nearly ten millions of dollars per year. The business of the mines alone would support the whole through line, while the proposed line from St. Paul would pass so far south as to be unavailable for their use.   From the Ontonagon to the Montreal river, sixty miles, the line would pass along the south side of the copper range, not only accommodating the mines, but favorably located for the lumbering interests of the vast pine country tributary to the three great brances of the Ontonagon river.  From Montreal river to Duluth, eighty miles, is covered by a grant to the Northern Pacific railroad, through a country rich in undeveloped minerals  and fine l and s.  The distance from Duluth to the Sault was stated to be 386. A map was submitted showing the proposed line, and that it formed an almost direct line from ocean to ocean via the Sault.  Attention was also called to the fact that Duluth had the sympahty of the whole state outside of St. Paul and Minneapolis, and it was claimed that it was the natural gateway, and that in due time it would comm and  the commerce of the great American and canadian northwest. But hte main point which they called the attention of Montreal to was the fact that the shortest possible all-rail route from tide-water at Montreal t the vast fertile fields in the northwest was via the Sault Ste. Marie, the south shore of Lake Superior and Duluth.  It is this idea, then being worked with a view to bringing the Winnipeg trade throguh Duluth, that Gen. Hammond took up and worked out, and the result is the road is a fact and is now under construction.
Abstract/Description: Transcription of newspaper article from the Mining Journal (Marquette, Mich.), Dec. 9, 1886, regarding the history of the railway line connecting Duluth, Minnesota, with Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan via a route along the south shore of Lake Superior.
Subject(s): Railroads
Marquette (Mich.)
Duluth, South Shore, and Atlantic Railway Company
Date Created: 1886-12-09